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Lynch scoops planning for Victoria library

Lynch Architects has won planning permission for a 9,798m² scheme featuring a library, 35 affordable houses and office space in Victoria, London

The project is part of developer Land Securities’ masterplan by Kohn Pedersen Fox for the wider redevelopment of the area.

The proposal features nine artist-designed ‘muse’ statues, plus the listed facade and interior of a nearby pawnbroker which will be dismantled and relocated to the site.

Lynch submitted plans in June (AJ 22.06.11) but these were revised to include red terracotta on the pawnbrokers and offices.

The library was also extended to the ground floor with its entrance relocated to the building’s corner.

Patrick Lynch of the studio explained: ‘The library now occupies the ground floor and has a double-height space over a grand staircase that doubles as an amphitheatre for readings. The main entrance to the library is on the corner of Victoria St and Bressenden place.

‘The treatment of the setting of the listed facade of Suttons the pawnbrokers that we are moving from Victoria Street has changed.

‘The original intention was to use white stone for the office building beside it, but after comments from English Heritage, Westminster City Council and the mayor, we were encouraged to look also at the flytower of the theatre.

‘Now the setting comprises a series of red terracotta towers which echo the red-brick flank facades of the theatre.

Lynch Architects mixed-use scheme in Victoria, London

Lynch Architects’ mixed-use scheme in Victoria, London

‘Just as the library on Victoria Street is sympathetic to the white tiled facade of Frank Matcham’s Grade-II listed theatre, the rear of the site is a red-brick hinterland.

‘Suttons is to be set on a pedestrian route from Victoria Square in Belgravia that connects across Cardinal Place and then on behind our Kingsgate House scheme and on to Seaforth Place and Christ Church Gardens, the other medieval parts of Westminster.’

Construction will start after construction of a new London Underground ticket hall beneath the site completes in 2016.

A previous version of the scheme won planning consent in 2009, but had to be redesigned due to the London Underground project.

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